Last week, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced to launch an investigation into the new COVID strain research being conducted at Boston University, which has shown an 80% fatality rate in infected mice.
… According to the report, the virologists plan to test to determine if the mutation between two strains makes the virus more deadly to mice.
Researchers are hopeful that if they can figure out how certain genes contribute to the severity of monkeypox, they might create more effective treatments and vaccines.
Some scientists express concern over the planned experiments. Epidemiologist and the director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Thomas Inglesby, worry that an “epidemic with substantially more lethality” could happen if a more dangerous strain of monkeypox manages to break out of a high-containment facility at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).